Hitler's Enforcers: The Gestapo and the SS Security Service in the Nazi Revolution by George C. BrowderHitler's Enforcers: The Gestapo and the SS Security Service in the Nazi Revolution by George C. Browder

Hitler's Enforcers: The Gestapo and the SS Security Service in the Nazi Revolution

byGeorge C. Browder

Hardcover | October 10, 1996

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This first socio-organizational history of the Gestapo, the SD, and the regular detectives of the Third Reich, 1932-1937, this book explores the roots of their roles in police terror and programs of mass murder. These personnel helped to form the character and missions of their organizations,which were not simply created from above by Hitler, Himmler, or Heydrich. Hitler's Enforcers is based on research at 34 archives in Germany and the United States, including the personnel files of over 1,000 former members, and is the first such study to benefit from the German documents captured bythe Soviets and Poles and kept secret until recently.
George C. Browder is at College of Freedonia, State University of New York.
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Title:Hitler's Enforcers: The Gestapo and the SS Security Service in the Nazi RevolutionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 9.57 × 6.5 × 1.22 inPublished:October 10, 1996Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:019510479X

ISBN - 13:9780195104790

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In Hitler's Enforcers: The Gestapo and the SS Security Service in the Nazi Revolution, George C. Browder offers the first examination of the combination of police culture and SS social engineers out of which arose the Nazi police state. Beginning in the Weimar Republic, Browder's work carefully reconstructs the lives of the men, from the homicide detective to the diverse recruits of the SS Security Service who participated in the birth of the Nazi police state, and gives a vivid account of the origins of Nazi atrocities and the logic that legitimated them. Since they acquired responsibility for the Final Solution and other Nazi racial programs, including the elimination of all sources of "degeneracy", these men contributed to the development of programs of mass murder which they then executed. As the keystone of police state terror, these organizations earned a reputation for all-seeing efficiency and sadistic inhumanity. Such reputations are tested against available evidence and the growing body of scholarship. Some do not survive the test, while others are redef

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"Indeed, Browder has made an important contribution to the historical literature on the Nazi police state. When read together with his earlier work, this book constitutes the present standard for the subject."--American Historical Review